Using bleach to change the color of your hair can be a great way to change your whole appearance and also lift up your confidence. The transformation is quite amazing to see someone who was one color change their hair to another and almost become a brand new person. Although if you bleach your hair too much or if you have rather sensitive hair, then your hair may become brittle or damaged. In these situations, how do you restore your hair back to it’s normal healthy glory? This is where we believe home remedies can help and in many ways are essential in addition to any professional treatment. But before we dive into that, let’s talk about what it means to bleach the hair.
What is Hair Bleaching
Hair bleaching is the process of chemically dying the hair such that it strips the natural colour (melanin) of your hair strands from your shafts. The process starts with an alkaline agent that opens up the hair cuticles, next comes the oxidative agent that penetrates the hair cortex (outer layer) and breaks down your natural hair colour.
After bleaching, your hair might either lighten to yellow or reddish tone depending on your natural hair tone or can even eventually lighten up to platinum blonde. So basically, the longer the agent stays on your hair the lighter your hair become and if done repeatedly can lead to loss of moisture and elasticity of hair strands, dryness, brittleness etc, which makes the hair to breakage and split ends.
Is Bleaching Bad?
In as much as we would want to run away from the down side of hair bleaching, the process comes with its own advantages too. Just like some fragrances in skincare products are harsh for the skin, yet people still love and enjoy them in their products due to the pleasurable scents. Bleaching agents are also not too good for our hair, however, we still apply them. Some of the advantages of hair bleaching include, It makes your individual hair shafts to swell and drop heavily, making your hair appear thicker and fuller. Bleaching can as well be used to cause a disguise in contrast between your hair and the patches of your bare scalp if you’re light-skinned.
While we’re aware of the damage that are accrued with hair bleaching, we also do not expect the most of people to stop practising it anytime soon. Now Let’s dive into our amazing remedies!
1. Mayonnaise treatment
Mayonnaise has many hair benefits due to its richness in amino acids and oils as it conditions your hair naturally and very effectively.
Apply a small portion of mayonnaise to your wet hair just as you do for regular conditioner, wear a shower cap to entrap all the heat, leave for 20 minutes, then rinse. Alas! Your hair will feel lighter and look thinner.
2. Massage your hair scalp with some butter.
Apply a small portion of unsalted butter to your scalp and massage for few minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for 30 minutes, then rinse off with your shampoo, preferably a sulfate free shampoo. You will see your hair comes out shining!
3. Make a mixture of your shampoo and egg.
Generally, eggs have always been regarded as very good remedy for hair damage dating back to 11th century. The Yolk is essentially rich in amino acid, a simpler unit of protein which is necessary for your hair growth- this is the most thing your hair lacks after being damaged by bleaching agents. Lecithin, a component of eggs, is capable of moisturising your dry and Brittle hair.
Mix an egg with your shampoo, preferably a sulfate free shampoo, then wash your hair with the mixture. Do this for 2 weeks and see a great difference in the moisture level of your hair.
4. Do more with Banana(hair mask)
Bananas are not just good to eat alone, they also provide great benefits to remedy hair damage. They are enriched with fiber, vitamins, proteins etc.
Mix a ripe banana with some honey, castor oil and preferably youghort. Then apply to your hair excluding the root, keep it on for 35 minutes. Shampoo wash your hair and watch your hair grow to its natural and shining colour within a short period of time!
5. Coconut oil hair mask
- 2. Tbs Extra virgin coconut oil
- 1Tbs honey
- 1 Egg
First of, melt the extra virgin coconut oil in a microwave, whisk the egg in a separate bowl, then add the egg to the heated coconut oil. Add the honey and whisk again until you have a fine mixture.
Separate clean and damp hair into sections, gently massage the hair mask into each section, from the scalp to the tip making sure all sections are evenly covered. Then wrap your hair in a shower cap for 30 minutes. Finish up by rinsing your hair with your favourite shampoo, preferably a sulfate free shampoo.
6. Almond oil
Almond oil is saturated with protiens as well as vitaminE which can bind your hair and make your hair stronger. It also fills in gaps that prone to breakage after bleaching. Apply a few drop of almond oil (buy on Amazon) to your hair everyday before leaving home or use as an ingredient in a deep conditioning treatment hair mask.
7. Avocado conditioning hair mask
Bleach damaged hair is one that is suffering from hair brakeage and split ends and the need for an effective hair conditioning cannot be overemphasized. Prepare your own hair mask by mixing one ripe avocado with an egg yolk. Apply to damp hair and massage through the scalp for 5 minutes, leave it for 20 minutes. Then rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
8. Rice water rinse
Prepare the rice water by boiling rice and straining it out then leave in your fridge overnight. For the best result, transfer a small amount to a container you can easily use in the shower then rinse your hair with rice water if your hair is extremely bleach damaged. Rice water contains Inositol which can be used to repair your hair strands from inside out and make your hair strands stronger.
These are some of the homemade treatments you can apply to your bleach damaged hair, so effective and you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to restore your hair after a damage from Bleaching, you probably have them all stored in your kitchen.
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